(29-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

ECCC Hears of Missing Cham, Floating Bodies A civil party told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday that she saw 270 Cham women led away by Khmer Rouge cadre wielding AK-47s and knives after the women admitted they were Muslim. No Satas, 67, said she was evacuated from her home village of Svay Khleang—which at the time was in Kompong Cham province—when an armed rebellion by local Cham was suppressed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 as religious persecution intensified.

(29-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Arrest Taxi Driver Over Attempted Rape of UK Tourist A 25-year-old taxi driver from Kompong Thom province was arrested Saturday after a thwarted attempt to rape a British female tourist he was driving to Kratie province, police said Monday.

Nim Bunthan was arrested after a short chase by police in Kratie’s Chhlong district after the 24-year-old tourist told police he tried to rape her, said Huot Lim Heang, chief of the provincial police’s serious crimes bureau.

“After we received the report, I ordered the police to stop his van along the way in Chhlong district as he was speeding in his van to flee,” he said. “We arrested him at 3:20 p.m. on the same day [as the attempted rape].”

(28-September-2015 / VOA)

Rights and democracy groups say Cambodians are not being protected by the constitution, which has been routinely violated by all three branches of government.

Most recently, a series of laws was passed that gives much control over the judiciary to the executive branch’s Ministry of Justice, in a court system that was already widely seen as biased and corrupt.

Meanwhile, the rights of assembly and free speech are routinely ignored, as police and other forces crack down on demonstrations, activists are jailed, and critics of the government are silenced.

Am Sam Ath, lead investigator for the rights group Licadho, said the constitution also provides for the right to land ownership for Cambodian citizens, but that is not happening, either. “We’ve seen that some citizens suffered from evictions, and others are arrested or imprisoned,” he said.

(28-September-2015 / brettonwoodsproject)

Concerns have been growing that the World Bank may resume lending to Cambodia despite the lack of resolution for families evicted due to a Bank-financed project. The Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s accountability mechanism, found in 2010 that the Bank breached its operational policies in Cambodia, and contributed to “grave harm” to affected families (see Update 75). In August 2011 the Bank suspended all new lending to Cambodia until a resolution was found for families forcibly evicted in 2007 from the Boeung Kak area (see Bulletin Nov 2014).

(28-September-2015 / KHT)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Prime Minister Hun Sen pushed for gender equality and women’s empowerment yesterday at the Sustainable Development Summit at UN headquarters in New York.

“The year 2015 is historical, marking an accelerated progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment,” he said yesterday.

“This meeting will indeed serve as an important platform for us to further tighten our efforts and resolves to achieve gender equality and make this target become a reality for all women and girls across the world,” he added.

(28-September-2015 / Asian Correspondent)

THERE have been conflicting views and opinions about the Cambodian government’s recent implementation of new cyber security measures, which puts internet and cell-phone users and sales under stricter control. The directive from police and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications will see a crackdown on all retailers of SIM cards and internet service providers who don’t register customers through identification documents before selling them their products. If they fail, they will face arrest. Telecom firms also have to register their existing subscribers with ID documents within three months, or their mobile phone numbers and internet packages will be terminated. The mandatory registration of SIM cards and internet service has been in existence since 2012, but has never been enforced.

(26-September-2015 / PPP)

Jailed CNRP Senator Sok Hour's bid for outside doctor is denied The wife of Sam Rainsy Party Senator Hong Sok Hour says “extra fees” exacted by prison guards have forced her to limit her visits to her husband, while authorities yesterday rejected the imprisoned lawmaker’s second request to receive medical treatment from an outside doctor.

Kun Lum Ang said she tried to visit her husband at Prey Sar prison at least twice a week to bring food and medicine, with her husband suffering from high blood pressure and stomach problems.

(26-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Convicted Rapist Fletcher Accuses NGO Head of Framing Him A British man convicted of raping a teenager in Phnom Penh in 2009 had his case thrown out of the Court of Appeal on Friday, then accused a prominent NGO head of conspiring to frame him.

(26-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Tripartite Talks on Minimum Wage Convene Union leaders, factory owners and government officials on the Labor Advisory Committee met on Friday for the first day of discussions on a new minimum wage for the garment sector in 2016.

(26-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Groups Urge Gov’t Not to Return Montagnards Eleven international organizations on Thursday condemned Cambodia’s plan to repatriate scores of Montagnards who claim to be fleeing oppression in Vietnam, while the government on Friday reiterated its position that the Montagnards were not legitimate refugees.